Lakeland Elementary 616 Buckley Street Elk Rapids, MI 49629 P: 231-264-8289 F: 231-264-6132

Principal: Angie Nichols
Secretaries: Beth Veeder, Elaine DiGiovanni

Parent Teacher Organization

What is Lakeland PTO?

We are a nonprofit group of parents, teachers, and staff working together to support the educational experience of the students at Lakeland Elementary School. 

Our Mission Statement

“Our mission is to develop a partnership between home, school and the community so that we may cooperate with care and intelligence in the education of our children.”           

Who can join PTO?

Any parent or guardian of a current Lakeland student as well as all current faculty and staff. 

If I join the PTO, what am I committing to?  

By joining the PTO and paying your membership dues, you are making a financial contribution to the PTO that directly supports Lakeland students and staff. You can be as involved in additional PTO  and school-related activities as your time and interest allows! 

There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the school year that are event-specific (ex: Fall Festival) and ongoing (ex: classroom rep). 

You’re invited to our monthly public board meetings.  It is not required that PTO Members attend and you are always welcome. 

Every contribution you make positively impacts the students and staff at Lakeland Elementary!   

How do I become a member?

Complete a membership form and pay the yearly registration dues of a suggested $25 per family, per year. It is never too late to join! 

Click here to complete your Membership form    

Membership dues can be submitted online through our secure PayPal and Venmo payment portals. 

Pay via Paypal | Lakeland PTO

Pay via Venmo | Lakeland PTO (or search our Venmo username: @lakelanderPTO)

Dues may also be submitted directly to the school. We can accept cash or check—please make checks payable to Lakeland PTO. Please place your cash or check inside an envelope, write ‘Lakeland PTO’ on the envelope with your first and last name, and turn the envelope into the main office or your child’s teacher. 

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Joining the PTO Gives You a Voice:  
    • Vote on PTO business, run for office, and let others know what is important to you
  • Get Connected:  
    • Meet and get to know other parents, teachers, and staff,
    • Share ideas, concerns, and experiences
  • Make a Difference: 
    • Put your skills and experience to use and make a positive impact on your child’s school experience and the experience of all students and staff at Lakeland,   
    • Support building improvements, curriculum-based programs, social/family events, field trips, and many other enrichment opportunities 
  • Be a Role Model: 
    • By becoming a PTO member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.  

What does PTO fund and support?

  • School supplies for ALL Lakeland students
  • Grade level field trips
  • Playground equipment
  • Teaching supplies as requested by staff
  • School events such as Fall Festival, Variety Show, and assemblies
  • March is Reading Month events + book donations
  • ...and so much more! 

How can I support the PTO?

  • Become a member: By paying your membership dues, you are financially supporting the PTO and positively impacting students and staff!

  • Attend PTO events

  • Purchase spirit wear – a portion of your purchase benefits the PTO

  • Save your Village Market Community Cash and drop your receipts in the Community Cash dropbox (find it right inside the Lakeland main entrance double doors), or give your receipts to the Lakeland office, your child's teacher, or any PTO member

  • Volunteer your time and talents

If you’re a parent or legal guardian of a Lakeland student, we warmly invite you to join our Facebook community.  Connect with other Lakeland families, stay informed, and get involved!  

                       Join our Lakeland Elementary PTO Group on Facebook




President: Melinda Smith
Vice-President: Amanda Merchant
Treasurer:  Lindsey Toelle
Secretary: Ellie Kirkpatrick
Membership: Kayla Vaughn
Committees: Kelsey Ward & Carrie Markham
Publications: Cherisa Kuznicki & Emily Petrovich
Teacher Rep: Emily White
Principal: Angie Nichols

2023-2024 Meeting Dates

PTO meetings are held after school at Lakeland from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm on the following 2023-2024 dates in the Lakeland library:

  • September 6th
  • October 10th
  • November 7th
  • January 4th
  • February 6th
  • March 5th
  • April 2nd